Like a Phoenix rising from cashed marijuana ashes, Capitol Hemp is back. Three years after it closed—thanks to a police raid that occurred a year prior—Capitol Hemp has reopened in Adams Morgan and it has Initiative 71 to thank for it.
“Capitol Hemp’s re-opening is a major milestone for legalization of businesses that for too long were forced to operate in a gray area of ‘implied intent’ that ultimately allowed the sale of pipes for tobacco but not for cannabis,” co-owner Adam Eidinger said in a statement.
Eidinger, along with his Capitol Hemp co-owner Alan Amsterdam, were instrumental in getting the possession and consumption of marijuana legalized in D.C.; authorizing and getting Initiative 71 on the election ballot last fall.
The store will continue in the vein of what it was when it closed in 2012—specializing in selling non-cannabis industrial hemp products along with "American-made artisan glass bongs, pipes and vaporizers."
But one thing that will change in the new store? No longer do customers have to mask their language as to what they're buying these bongs and pipes for.
"Our store will finally be a cannabis free speech zone where bongs, weed pipes, and other common terms are now acceptable nouns to say out loud under the law,” Eidinger says. “People are tired of legal games and just want the whole marijuana thing legal."
Though the possession and consumption of marijuana is now legal in D.C., the sale of it isn't, so don't expect to be able to purchase pot or marijuana seeds from Capitol Hemp. The store will, however, sell home cultivation kits for people to grow marijuana in their own homes.
Capitol Hemp is now open at 1770 Columbia Road NW. They're open daily from noon to 9 p.m., except on Sundays, Mondays, Fridays, and Saturdays, where they'll be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.